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Bebop Spoken There

Raymond Chandler: “ I was walking the floor and listening to Khatchaturian working in a tractor factory. He called it a violin concerto. I called it a loose fan belt and the hell with it ". The Long Goodbye, Penguin 1959.

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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

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Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

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16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Tue 16: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Bailey Rudd.

Wed 17: Bailey Rudd (Minor Recital) @ The Music Studios, Haymarket Lane, Newcastle University. 11:40am. Bailey Rudd (drums). Open to the public.
Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ The Gala, Durham. 7:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick. 7:00pm (doors). £5.00.
Fri 19: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

Sat 20: Record Store Day…at a store near you!
Sat 20: Bright Street Band @ Washington Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Swing dance taster session (6:30pm) followed by Bright Street Big Band (7:30pm). £12.00.
Sat 20: Michael Woods @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Acoustic blues.
Sat 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ St Andrew’s Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. a drink on arrival).

Sun 21: Jamie Toms Quartet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Holy Grale, Durham. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: The Jazz Defenders @ Cluny 2. Doors 6:00pm. £15.00.
Sun 21: Edgar Rubenis @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blues & ragtime guitar.
Sun 21: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Art Themen with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. +bf. JNE. SOLD OUT!

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Album review: The Clark Tracey Quintet - Introducing Emily Masser

Clark Tracey (drums, backing vocals); Emily Masser (vocals); Alex Clarke (tenor/alto sax, flute); Graham Harvey (piano, Rhodes); James Owston (bass).

A Bitta Bittadose: Bobby Watson's composition is introduced by a few bars from Owston's bass which, I was lying in bed at the time, threatened to fast forward me to the Land of Nod. This is no criticism of James but it was so dreamily melodic I was moving into a world where happy little bluebirds sing then - KAPOW! Masser and Clarke come in all guns blazing! Masser scatting like as though she'd invented the genre and Clarke in unison before blowing tenor like well, er, like Alex Clarke and that's a whole lot of tenor playing!

A Sleepin' Bee: Begins slowly and gently before Masser ups the tempo and Clarke blows more booting tenor. Harvey keeps the momentum going with Tracey ensuring it doesn't falter, sharing some drum/tenor exchanges before Masser takes it out. 

Nothing Like You: Just as we used to imagine (probably would still do if we could spell the names) our dream football team this song brings together a dream songwriting team - Bob Dorough and Fran Landesman. I don't know how many songs they collaborated on but even if it was only this one it should be in every jazz singer's repertoire. Of course they'd have to be something special to pull it off. Masser pulls it off. More brilliant tenor by Ms Clarke. You wouldn't want to meet Alex on a dark night at a jam session. 

The Man I Love: Think Annie Ross's Twisted. Masser digs a groove on the same side of the street. Tracey kicks seven shades out of the kit, Harvey makes a brief reference to the melody before Emily returns. At this stage of the album I feel I know them so well I can no longer refer to them other than by their first names!

Passarim: A Jobim number that has Clark chipping in with some backing vocals. Alex blows flute but, compared to the rest, and at the highest level, doesn't quite do it for me.

So Near so Far: Vocal, alto in support, piano solo, more alto, this album just gets better and better. Bass and drums exchange fours before Emily and Alex take it abruptly out. The song came from the pens of Tony Crombie and Benny Green.

Then I'll be Tired of You: Ballad singing at its finest. Ballad tenor playing at its finest. Beautiful - no other word for it.

Suddenly Last Tuesday: One of Jimmy Deuchar's contributions to the Great British Bebop Book. It put the composer, as well as Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes, through their paces back in the day and here it's played even faster and I had to check that my hi-fi (not be confused with wi-fi) hadn't gone into freefall - nobody could scat at this speed! Alex slows it down only slightly although if she'd been driving at this speed on the motorway she'd have been booked. Incredible!

An amazing album. Release date is March 15 but, if you want to buy the album and have it signed by all concerned just head to the Globe in Newcastle where, as part of the Jazz Coop's tenth anniversary celebrations, the band will be playing on April 30.Trust me, this will be one of those gigs you'll tell your grandchildren about! Lance

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